(Topic ID: 145948)

Standard ball size

By Element-X

4 years ago

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  • Latest reply 4 years ago by SealClubber
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    #1 4 years ago

    Hey everyone,
    I'm getting into the hobby/in the middle of a partial restoration of a DE Jurassic Park, and I've been purchasing some parts for the job. I bought a bunch of balls for the machine, and I noticed that the size of the standard pinball is 1-1/16". Maybe it's a silly question, but I was wondering... What's the reason for that? Why not 1" or 1-1/8"? Furthermore, who (or what manufacturer) decided to standardize the 1-1/16" ball size?

    #2 4 years ago

    Atari made a machine that used a cue ball. http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1155

    #3 4 years ago

    Now that is something you don't see every day. Really cool, thanks for sharing. Have you ever played Hercules?

    #4 4 years ago

    Had one in my arcade.

    #5 4 years ago

    Smaller ones are too fast and harder to see IMO. Bigger ones probably cost more and I would think would be slower (never played with one). But I will take a guess that WAAYYY back when, the 1-1/16" were cheapest and they then became the standard.

    Oh, and Herc is slow and boring.

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